Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

The CVSA Annual Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Is Less Than a Month Away!

Are You Ready?

It’s almost here! The 30th Annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck 2017 is less than a month away. The 72-hour roadside inspection and law enforcement blitz will be held June 4-6. Are your drivers ready?

The goal of the three-day blitz is safety. Roadside CVSA truck inspections play a big role in reducing truck-related deaths. Since 1998, the CVSA estimates it has performed more than 1 million truck inspections. These inspections have saved more than 200 lives and prevented more than 4,000 injuries.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

Download the CVSA’s Cargo Securement Tips Flyer

Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle safety.

Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation, and inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency exits (on buses).

Read more about the CVSA International Roadcheck

By |May 10th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on The CVSA Annual Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Is Less Than a Month Away!

Annual Brake Safety Week

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week
Bentley Truck Services is ready to assist customers in pre-inspecting their trucks

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week takes place through September 11 – 17, 2016. Throughout this week, inspectors will be keying in on brake safety. Law enforcement agencies will conduct inspections on commercial vehicles to look for out-of-adjustment brakes, brake systems, and anti-lock braking systems. Within specifications, CVSA stated that inspectors will be on the lookout for “loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake system components.”

Additionally, inspectors will also be checking for ABS malfunction indicator lights, assuring that they are properly working. Any commercial trucks that fail to meet their standard will result in the vehicle being placed out-of-service. According to CVSA, most inspections will be full Level 1 inspections, and 10 jurisdictions will be using performance-based brake testing to measure braking efficiency.

Furthermore, “CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be routinely inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce breaking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of trucks and buses, posing serious risks to drivers and public safety.”

By |September 2nd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Service|Comments Off on Annual Brake Safety Week

Operation Safe Driver: Traffic enforcement goes into high gear Oct. 19-25

Program created to help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes.

The annual Operation Safe Driver program of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in collaboration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and industry kicks off Sunday, Oct. 19, nationwide.

The program, created to “help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars,” was first held in the year 2007.

During the week of October 19-25, enforcement agencies across North America will conduct heightened traffic safety enforcement aimed at unsafe behavior of drivers of both cars and commercial motor vehicles.
Boosted truck roadside inspections, safety belt enforcement, and others activities aimed at improving driver regulatory compliance can be expected.

In addition the program contains a strong educational component. Interested fleets and drivers can download a variety of materials via the CVSA website to share with other operators or those with whom you share the road.

Visit our Tech Tips section here.

Contact us to share your preventative maintenance tips and tricks.

By |October 14th, 2014|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Operation Safe Driver: Traffic enforcement goes into high gear Oct. 19-25